The visually and mechanically transformed Audi A4 range will reach full strength on September 15th when the new A4 Cabriolet makes its world public debut in Frankfurt. Sharing new engines and extensive chassis revisions with the recently upgraded A4 Saloon and Avant models it will stand alongside at the International Motor Show, the latest Audi soft-top will be available to order in the UK from November for first deliveries in the first quarter of 2005.
The single frame front grille that symbolises the new Audi family look brings the new A4 Cabriolet into line with its fixed roof relatives, while a subtle redesign of the rear lights and bumper and new alloy wheel designs update the other views without compromising the body’s much admired lines.
The transformation is more comprehensive under the surface, where a range of advanced new engines offer even greater power and responsiveness. Of the four units available from launch, three are new to the A4 Cabriolet - the acclaimed four-cylinder turbo petrol 2.0 T FSI with 200PS, the super-refined 3.2 V6 FSI with 255PS and the equally polished 3.0 V6 TDI, now upgraded from 204PS to 233PS. The proven 1.8-litre turbocharged petrol with 163PS also features in the initial line-up.
The four engines deliver their power to the road either via quattro four-wheel-drive or through the front wheels. Customers can also choose from five speed and six-speed manual gearboxes, the continuously variable multitronic, which has seven speeds in its ‘manual’ mode, and the six-speed tiptronic automatic transmission.
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